Knight hopes for England recall
By Peter Fraser
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Zat Knight hopes Lawrie Sanchez will help him to reignite his England career.
Zat Knight hopes Fulham manager Lawrie Sanchez will help him to get his England career back on track.
The defender made his international debut under Sven-Goran Eriksson on England's tour of the USA in 2005, but he has since fallen out of the reckoning.
Knight is hopeful that the new look Fulham, who have rebuilt after narrowly avoiding relegation by one point last season, will help him to rediscover his form.
Sanchez has brought in seven new players since taking over at Craven Cottage shortly before the end of the last campaign and Knight is looking for a vastly improved year with the London club.
"I haven't had the best of seasons the last two so this is a big year for me," said Knight.
"If Fulham can do well and I'm in the team then I'll be doing well and hopefully the England manager will see that.
"I'd like to get back into the international team but I've got to do it for Fulham.
"If you're down near the bottom nobody's going to come and watch you but if you're in the top 10 and maybe challenging for Europe, then people are going to stand up and take notice."
Knight points to the competition for places that now exists at Fulham as key to increasing the quality of the side.
"You've got to play really well to stay in the side," Knight added.
"There's a lot of competition and we haven't had that for the past few years so everybody's on their toes. We haven't had that luxury.
Sanchez, though, is aware Fulham will have to work hard if they are to change the attitude that surrounds the club.
"My job will be to change attitudes of both players and fans that it is going to be a club that will compete at all levels and at all times," said Sanchez.
"I'm an ambitious person. It will take time but I'm hoping that next season will be a real start for us."